Taking a Dairy Detox for Clear Skin

Hi guys!

Happy Friday. ūüôā ¬†Tonight we’re going to see the musical¬†Kinky Boots¬†at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles and I’m SO excited. I haven’t been to see a play in that theater since my senior year of college a million years ago!

In the meantime, though, I thought I’d tell you guys a bit about my decision to detox from dairy.

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I mentioned it briefly in my¬†Monday post, but starting this past Sunday, I’ve decided to remove all dairy from my diet for one month.¬†

As some of you longtime readers may recall, I’m lactose intolerant. Things like ice cream, butter, cream, and some cow’s milk soft cheeses (like cream cheese) destroys my stomach if I enjoy more than a bit. Other dairy (like certain cheeses, such as what’s used¬†on most pizza and sometimes yogurt) brings¬†the always sexy “dairy baby” belly, aka bloat. When I was first diagnosed toward the end¬†of college,¬†I had made it a point to steer clear of ALL dairy. Cheese-less pizza and soy milk were my best friends.

In the last couple of years, I’ve become a lot more lax in my dairy avoidance, eating pizza on the regular, as well as Greek yogurt literally daily and goat cheese most weeks. I’m honestly not sure what sparked the change, but it’s like I sort of forgot I was lactose intolerant, and my stomach actually didn’t bother me as much since I still mostly avoided the hard stuff (cream, heavy butter-laden dishes).

But, my skin has gone into the pooper.

Not the direction you thought this post was going to take, eh? I’ve complained a bit on the blog about, but in the last 1.5 years – since moving back to California – I’ve noticed a shift in my skin clarity. I’ve had bumps around my chin area that just will NOT go away, and I cannot figure out the culprit.

Since I’ve heard frequently that dairy can sometimes affect people’s skin, and that food allergies/intolerances that are untreated are often manifested in bodily reactions (like acne or headaches), I figured I should give a dairy detox a shot. Changing my facial cleansers and face lotion has yet to do anything, nor has acne spot treatment from my dermatologist. SO, I’m hoping this will help!

I always use almond or coconut milk anyways, so my life is not drastically changing (I no longer consume nearly as much soy as I did back in college, particularly because I heard mixed views on their impact on our bodies… but that’s a post for another day). My beloved Greek yogurt is gone, though, as well as any late night stops for pizza this weekend. ūüėČ

I’m one week in, so fingers crossed I start to see some improvement. So far, I’m not noticing much of a difference, but patience is a virtue.


Have a great {not-so-cheesey} weekend, friends! xo


Have you ever had skin issues? What helped clear up your complexion? Heeeeelp.

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